For close to four decades, Jon has worked both hemispheres of the communications world – first as an award-winning TV and radio reporter and in management for stations in New Jersey, Tennessee and Virginia. He jumped into PR as the head of media relations for The Martin Agency where he led a team that regularly produced national placements, including on NBC’s TODAY Show, NPR’s All Things Considered, The Wall Street Journal and countless other outlets. In 2002 he cofounded The Hodges Partnership and has helped to grow it into one of the country’s largest public relations firms (based on O’Dwyer’s annual rankings). (On stressful days, he admits to coveting Star Trek transporter powers.) Jon has taught communications as an adjunct professor at VCU, speaks regularly at conferences and meetings and blogs and tweets about public relations and marketing issues. He is a member of the Virginia Council of CEOs and a proud graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond. An enthusiastic alum of Rutgers University and a unabashed Scarlet Knight booster, the world of sports lost a talented play-by-play announcer when he decided to hand up his microphone. Jon lives in Glen Allen with his wife Kyra, children Sarah and Zachary and their lagotto romagnolo, Izzy.